Saturday, December 26, 2009


Here's a piece of news I forgot to publish earlier this week. It seems that inspired by the success of latest sf, historical and pirate adventures, big studious have decided to make more movies in that style so Paramount Pictures has bought "The Further Adventures of Doc Holliday" from Chad St. John with plans to adapt it into a Western-style tentpole. According to "Variety", the studio is still keeping the plot secret, but the story is described as a history-based action adventure tale similar to "Pirates of the Caribbean". The famous gunfighter Doc Holliday is best known for his friendship with sheriff Wyatt Earp and for his role in 1881's Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone.
Westerns belong to the genre I never liked, but if they make it interesting, visually stunning, give some new twist to it, make it grand and epic, and put some great actors in the main roles, I could give it a try. What do you think? Are you up for some cowboy action?


  1. Westerns are not my favourite either. I have made a few exceptions over the years and really like a few of them...Silverado (1985), Unforgiven (1992), Pale Rider (1985) and McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)are at the top of the list.

  2. Silverado, Lonesome Dove, and Stagecoach are at the top of my list. McClintock may not be polically correct any longer, but was a nice action, rom-com. Zane Grey wrote quite a few books that had the action, romance with a touch of comedy that could have been adapted, I would think. Louis L'Amour also wrote quite a few great westerns.

  3. Now you have captured my westerns. I can read them as well if they are historically correct and culturally respectful.
    I liked The Missing, True Women, and Into the West (the serious TNT version).
    By the way nice photos...

  4. I've never liked westerns, probably because I don't feel a connection with that kind of history, and plus they are always way too violent for my taste.

    Ha ha ha :)) Avalon, I knew at least someone would notice my efforts to visually please my visitors :)))

  5. I'm not a big fan of western myself, but I'll probably check this film when it comes out :)

    And photos are hard to miss... :))

    Those pants look interesting. :) I'm not an expert on clothes but it looks like regular trousers with something over them.
    I should get me one of those. :)
    Just not the bare-bottom ones. :))

  6. those are the pants for herding cattle :))) designed to protect your LEWIS while riding a horse and chasing cows with a lasso :)

  7. They are called chaps. Wranglers and motorcyclists still wear them. Wranglers wear them because thorns or sagebrush can slice through regular jeans and tear your legs up.

    Dezmond, do you like or have you have ever seen any Native American movies?

  8. Ugh, Avalon, I've actually never even heard of native actors and their existence before I saw your blog for the first time :) First I didn't even understand what you meant under Native actors (here in Europe we would call them Indians), but sadly I've never even heard of any native movie, not much seen one.

  9. Ok I did not know Europeans called Native American Indians, I thought they only called people from India that. But the term Indian is fine because many Americans call us that too. Native American, American Indian, Natives, Indians, and Skins are all the same.

    The reason I asked was because you said you did not care for westerns and a lot of westerns feature American Indians. (However most are culturally incorrect and somewhat offensive). Anyways if you ever have time you might like Into the West (TNT). It is a documentary style movie meaning the events, timeline, and culture are non fictional. I had relatives work in the production of this movie and it is one of my favorite films. If you ever watch it, I would love to know what you think of it.

  10. In my language there is a small difference between "Indijci" - people from India, and "Indijanci" - native Americans. Off course the origin of that name is connected with the first people who discovered America thinking it was India.

    Yes, I don't like westerns, but I am fully aware of the negative way Native people were portrayed in them. They are always shown as savage, bloodthirsty maniacs, and almost never as people with their own culture who were just defending their land from the intruders. But, the terrible thing is that western powers are still doing that: using the machinery of modern media they are still leading colonial wars around the globe. They use brutal negative political propaganda to present nations they want to destroy as the evil ones, inventing all kinds of horrible things about them. My own people have been one of the biggest victims of such modern warfare in the recent history, so I can easily understand everything that happened to Native people of America in the distant past.